Ice goes green at Okotoks arenas

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New sustainable ice flooding systems have been installed at all Town indoor ice surfaces. With help from a 75 percent rebate from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, cold water flooding systems have been installed in both Pason Centennial Arenas and the Okotoks Recreation Centre.

“It was an easy decision,” says Doug Robson, recreational facilities manager at the Town of Okotoks. “We had heard from other arena managers about the high quality of ice and the cost savings, and were looking for more energy efficiency projects to implement during the COVID-19 shutdown. We are happy with the results, and look forward to welcoming everyone back into our facilities.”

The newly installed systems are called “REALice”, and they reduce the temperature needed to flood ice surfaces from around 65 C to 20 C, resulting in lower energy costs and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

The technology also uses vortex movement instead of heat to remove micro air bubbles, making for a smooth surface and good ice bond. The new cold water flooding systems will save $20,000 in annual utilities, and more than 300 tonnes of carbon.

With restrictions lifted, ice surfaces at both Pason and the Okotoks Recreation Centre are expected to be in high demand from skaters eager to get back on the ice, and the new “green” ice is ready for them.

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